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How can we better capture food away from Home? Lessons from India’s linking person-level meal and household-level food data

John L. Fiedler and Suryakant Yadav

Food Policy, 2017, vol. 72, issue C, 81-93

Abstract: Despite acknowledged shortcomings, household consumption and expenditure surveys (HCES) are increasingly being used to proxy food consumption because they are relatively more available and affordable than surveys using more precise dietary assessment methods. One of the most common, significant sources of HCES measurement error is their under-estimation of food away from home (FAFH). In 2011, India’s National Survey Sample Organization introduced revisions in its HCES questionnaire that included replacing “cooked meals”—the single item in the food consumption module designed to capture FAFH at the household level—with five more detailed and explicitly FAFH sub-categories. The survey also contained a section with seven, household member-specific questions about meal patterns during the reference period and included three sources of meals away from home (MAFH) that overlapped three of the new FAFH categories.

Keywords: Household surveys; Measurement error; Questionnaire design; Food away from home; Dietary assessment; Food security assessment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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DOI: 10.1016/j.foodpol.2017.08.015

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